Section 2 : General Session & Technology Introductions: Markets Opportunities, Investment Scenarios I

Akira Kagami


Akira Kagami is Senior Director of Hitachi America, Ltd.


For the past three years, Mr. Kagami has been leading a liaison team based in NY to help promote Hitachi (Japan)'s infrastructure-related projects in the US, focusing on the water and energy fields, from the viewpoints of marketing and engineering.


Mr. Kagami joined the Tokyo-based parent company, Hitachi, Ltd., in 1985, right after graduation, as an information systems researcher, and applied for as many as more than 40 IT-based application systems patents, including several issued in the US.


Since then, he has held various managerial positions in R&D, strategic planning, and new business development activities at Hitachi’s corporate divisions, including General Manager of North America Office of Hitachi Corporate Ventures based in Silicon Valley.


Mr. Kagami graduated from the University of Tokyo with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Business Administration.

Bruce Karas


Mr. Karas is the VP of Environment & Sustainability for Coca-Cola North America.   He has over 25 years of experience as an EHS professional and has practiced in a wide range of Industrial operations in the US, Canada and China.  He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist in Comprehensive Practice, a Certified Safety Professional and is a Registered Occupational Hygienist in Canada.  He has served in various positions in national and local professional organizations and has presented various papers on topics ranging from ergonomics, health effects of flavorings, water stewardship and sustainability.

Joshua Adler


Joshua Adler is the Founding CEO of Sourcewater (, the water exchange for the energy ecosystem, which he envisioned as a Sloan Fellow in Energy Ventures at MIT. Sourcewater’s online marketplace enables energy companies to save time and money on their primary operating cost, water management, ensure a reliable mission-critical water supply chain, and reduce the environmental and community impacts of energy production through market-based incentives. Over one billion barrels of water and 400 energy and service companies are now active on


Mr. Adler is a successful entrepreneur who has founded energy, real estate, medical technology, and Internet companies, and served as the Chief Speechwriter to the United States Treasury Department. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Economist.

In December 2015 Adler argued for the successful repeal of the U.S. energy export ban in the New York Times, concluding: “For as long as the world uses hydrocarbons, it is plainly in the United States’ economic, geopolitical and environmental interest to produce that energy here, with American workers and oversight.”

Morris Hoagland

Produced Water Society

Morris Hoagland has been working in petroleum and chemical manufacturing industries for over 40 years specializing in environmental sciences.  Most of his work has been involved with oilfield water and wastewater treatment, hazardous waste treatment, waste recovery, site remediation, and landfill liner technologies. Mr. Hoagland has experience with a broad range of wastewater and waste sludge treatment technologies.  He is experienced in systems design and project management. 


Mr. Hoagland graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1976, then a Masters of Chemical Engineering in 1978, both degrees from the University of Louisville.  He has recently returned to the USA after 14 years working abroad in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  Morris Hoagland currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Produced Water Society and provides training on water treatment technologies for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.  He is a Director for Jade Dragon LLC.

Todd Cranford

Xylem Water Solutions

With Xylem since November 2014, Todd manages three direct-to-market locations in Texas (Carrollton, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi) for Xylem’s Flygt brand. He also works closely with Xylem’s Godwin team throughout Texas. Prior to his time at Xylem, Todd was employed by a prominent progressive cavity pump manufacturer in the capacity of Municipal Market Manager - North America for 13 years. Todd graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a B.S. in Industrial Distribution. He has a wife and two daughters.

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